Brigadier Connor completed his secondary schooling at St Ignatius College in Sydney and enlisted in the Australian Army in 1985, being commissioned in 1988 through Sydney University Regiment while completing a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. He served as a platoon commander with 4th Battalion Royal Green Jackets, a British Army Territorial infantry unit based in London and then served with 2nd /17th Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment (2/17 RNSWR) in Sydney.
Brigadier Connor commanded 2/17 RNSWR in 2005 and 2006, the 9th Brigade in 2014 and the 8th Brigade in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 he was posted as Director General Reserves, Forces Command and from November 2017 has deployed as Commander Task Group Afghanistan.
In 2007 he commanded the Australian-led multinational force in the Solomon Islands. On return he was posted to HQ 2nd Division as G3 Regional Operations, where he was responsible for the coordination of future deployments to the Solomon Islands. In 2008 Brigadier Connor was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his command and leadership of 2/17 RNSWR and CTF 635.
His staff roles have included Liaison Officer, operations and personnel staff officer at Brigade level, Eastern Region Infantry Corps adviser and Corps Consultant. Since 2009 as a Senior Officer he has served as Assistant Commander Headquarters 8th Brigade where he was responsible for individual training, operational generation and capability projects. Following that he served as G5, Headquarters 2nd Division with a focus on implementing the Army's transformation plan.
He is a Senior Investigator in the Sydney office of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, conducting complex corporate criminal, civil and administrative investigations and prosecutions.
He is married to Julianne and they live in Sydney with their daughter and three sons. He thrives on mountain bike riding, reading, contemporary music, following the endeavours of his family and aspires to develop his woodworking skills.